Crystal Dixon, an employee of The University of Toledo's Human Resources Department has fired off a pretty controversial response to an article written by Michael Miller, editor-in-chief of The Toldo Free Press concerning the "rights and wrongs" of gays in society that has led to her suspension.
In her response Crystal evokes the usual outrage from some African-Americans who believe the civil rights movement of the 60's has been hi-jacked by the gay rights movement of the present.
"As a Black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo's Graduate School, an employee and business owner, I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are "civil rights victims." Here's why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. I am genetically and biologically a Black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended. Daily, thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle evidenced by the growing population of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex Gays) and Exodus International just to name a few. Frequently, the individuals report that the impetus to their change of heart and lifestyle was a transformative experience with God; a realization that their choice of same-sex practices wreaked havoc in their psychological and physical lives."
She later goes on to say that gay men are more educated with at least a bachelors degree, earns more per year and has more disposable income than the average African-American( I think she needs to see my W-2 from 2007). And of course she closes out her piece with quotes from the bible to put a stamp of approval on her ignorance.
Now you guys know I could rip her little tantrum apart, but this week I'm practicing some self- restraint. One blender over at Pam's House Blend summed it all up for me.
"Whenever anyone says "tomorrow I'll still wake up black..." I am led to wonder something. Unless you are light enough to be "passing" for white, you can't hide that you are black. You can easily determine those around you who are black. There is a support system of other blacks. On the other hand, if you are gay, unless you are a hopelessly flaming queen or ultra butch, you *can* hide. There isn't a failsafe way of determining friend or foe. There is virtually no visible support to lead you to believe that it is safe to come out.
I believe I was born gay and my only choice in the matter is choosing to live truthfully or suppress and hide my sexuality to get along in this world. That is truly all the 'ex'gays have done.
I know the toll that trying to stay in the closet took on me. I can't compare that to being black since I'm not. I just wonder what the differences in the two are, and shaking my head at yet another repressed group that searches for someone else to repress, I guess to take the heat off themselves. When will we ever learn?
Hi-five to Pam's House Blend